English Renaissance Literary Criticism

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This is the first comprehensive collection of English Renaissance literary criticism to appear for nearly a century. Brian Vickers has brought together a wide-ranging selection of texts, some well-known (such as Sir Philip Sidney's Apology for Poetry, the most brilliant critical essay of the whole Renaissance, here given complete), some little-known (Dudley North's account of Metaphysical poetry), and one being printed for the first time (John Ford's elegy on John Fletcher).
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Editorial Reviews

Alastair Fowler
The index is admirably efficient as regards rhetorical figures and other brief entries....this excellent anthology can be recommended with very few reservations. Let us hope it will be followed by a second volume continuing the selection further into the seventeenth century.
The Times Literary Supplement
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198186793
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Pages: 672
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian Vickers is Chair of English Language and Literature, ETH Zürich

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Table of Contents

A Note on the Texts
Introduction 1
1 The value of poetry in education 57
2 Earl of Surrey, Epitaph on Wyatt 70
3 An English rhetoric 73
4 Tragedy and God's judgements 125
5 Death of the poet Collingbourne 128
6 On imitation 140
7 A primer of English poetry 162
8 The morality of comedy 172
9 Pastoral poetry revived and explained 175
10 English poetics and rhetoric 190
11 Allegory and the chivalric epic 297
12 An apology for Ariosto: poetry, epic, morality 302
13 How to write love poetry 325
14 In praise of Sidney's Arcadia 333
15 A defence of poetry 336
16 The proper difficulty of poetry 392
17 In praise of religious poetry 395
18 Sidney's Arcadia and the rhetoric of English prose 398
19 Classical metres suitable for English poetry 428
20 Classical metres unsuitable for English poetry 441
21 Rhymes against rhyme 454
22 Imitatio and its excesses; Poetry, rhetoric, and the imagination 457
23 The moral function of poetry 469
24 A defence of drama 474
25 On pastoral tragicomedy 502
26 Against obscurity in love poetry 504
27 George Chapman, On translating and defending Homer 512
28 The faults of contemporary drama 526
29 Ben Jonson's literary table-talk 528
30 A tribute to Shakespeare 537
31 Elegy on John Fletcher 541
32 A defence of drama 546
33 Donne the renewer of English poetry 554
34 Notes on literature 558
35 The making of a Christian poet 590
36 On epic poetry 607
Further Reading 626
Glossary 629
Index of Names 647
Index of Topics 652
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